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Stephen G. Kraskin

Mr. Kraskin is the managing member of the Communications Advisory Counsel, a legal and consulting firm. The firm, which was formerly known as Kraskin, Lesse & Cosson focuses on telecommunications transactions and regulation. Mr. Kraskin is also the publisher of Independent Telecom Reports which produces the bi-weekly Independent Report, the “Back Page” and other publications which are subscribed to by several hundred telecommunications companies, financial analysts and government and Congressional offices. Mr. Kraskin's initial professional experience in telecommunications was acquired when he served as Deputy Assistant General Counsel of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners where he represented NARUC in the proceedings and litigation that led up to divestiture of the Bell System. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kraskin was General Counsel to a consulting company specializing in service to the rural telephone industry. In this role, he was involved in many of the initial proceedings before the FCC and state commissions which dealt with the impact of the AT&T divestiture on Independent Telephone Companies Mr. Kraskin entered private practice in 1986. His practice initially concentrated on representation of Independent Telephone Companies in proceedings before the FCC and state commissions in matters involving access charges, toll settlements, and other rate of return/interconnection issues. Today, Mr. Kraskin’s focus is on public policy and its impact on his clients. He provides assistance to clients in the planning and structuring of their acquisitions, repositioning, and entrance into new business ventures and activities.